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PARIS | French drivers blocking roads to protest rising fuel taxes

PARIS — Drivers in France are blocking roads across the country to protest rising fuel taxes, in a new challenge to embattled President Emmanuel Macron. Protesters pledge to target tollbooths, roundabouts and the bypass that rings Paris on Saturday. The government is preparing to send police to remove protesters and threatening fines. The taxes are … Continue reading PARIS | French drivers blocking roads to protest rising fuel taxes

MOSCOW | Britain says Russian contractors have no say in visa process

MOSCOW — Britain’s Home Office says that the company contracted to collect visa applications in Russia has “absolutely no involvement with the decision-making process.” The company, TLSContact, is “simply an application point,” according to a statement. Final decisions are made in the U.K. The statement late Friday came in response to an investigation published by … Continue reading MOSCOW | Britain says Russian contractors have no say in visa process

LONDON | UK leader fights back against critics, defends Brexit deal

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting back against critics of her Brexit deal, telling her Conservative opponents that their alternative plans for Britain’s departure from the European Union wouldn’t work. May is battling to win over rebels in her own ranks and save her leadership, with two Cabinet ministers quitting and other … Continue reading LONDON | UK leader fights back against critics, defends Brexit deal

TAIPEI, Taiwan | Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ a favorite at Golden Horse Awards

TAIPEI, Taiwan— The Chinese-language version of the Oscars is being held Saturday night in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, with veteran director Zhang Yimou‘s monochrome historical epic “Shadow” a leading contender for best picture. The Golden Horse Awards honor films from Taiwan, Hong Kong, mainland China and other parts of the Chinese-speaking world, transcending political, cultural and … Continue reading TAIPEI, Taiwan | Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’ a favorite at Golden Horse Awards

BANGKOK | Experts weigh the record of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal

BANGKOK — After spending nine years and more than $300 million to prosecute leaders of Cambodia‘s Khmer Rouge responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million of their countrymen, a U.N.-assisted tribunal has ended up convicting only three people for the communist group’s heinous actions. Was it worth it? These kinds of proceedings don’t run cheap. … Continue reading BANGKOK | Experts weigh the record of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— A rocket has blasted off from Virginia with space station supplies, the second shipment in two days. Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn Saturday. The Russian Space Agency launched its own load of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, just 15 hours earlier. The U.S. … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

SUNRISE, Fla. | Florida high school massacre panel considers recommendations

SUNRISE, Fla.  — The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre began discussions Friday on what recommendations it will make regarding student safety, mental health and steps to prevent future school shootings. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Commission didn’t pass any specific recommendations Friday at its latest gathering to consider the Feb. 14 … Continue reading SUNRISE, Fla. | Florida high school massacre panel considers recommendations